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Post by Bren on Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:49 pm

Possible Medal Days for New Zealand (NZT).

9 August
New Zealand - Women's Rugby Sevens

10 August
New Zealand - Team Eventing

11 August
Edward/Mackenzie - Women's Lightweight Double Sculls
Linda Villumsen - Women's Individual Time Trial
Scown/Behrent - Women's Pairs

12 August
New Zealand - Men's Team Sprint
Murray/Bond - Men's Pairs
Stevenson/MacFarlane - Women's Double Sculls
New Zealand - Men's Lightweight Fours
New Zealand - Men's Rugby Sevens
Harris/Manson - Men's Double Sculls

13 August
Valerie Adams - Women's Shot Put
New Zealand - Men's Team Pursuit
Scown/Behrent - Women's Pairs
Lauren Boyle - Women's 800m Freestyle

14 August
Mahe Drysdale - Men's Single Sculls
Emma Twigg - Women's Single Sculls
New Zealand - Men's Eights
New Zealand - Women's Eights
New Zealand - Women's Team Pursuit

17 August
Lisa Carrington - Women's Kayak Single (K1) 200m
Edward Dawkins - Men's Keirin
Josh Junior - Men's Finn

18 August
Aleh/Powrie - Women's 470
Willcox/Snow-Hansen - Men's 470

19 August
Lisa Carrington - Women's Kayak Single (K1) 500m
Burling/Tuke - Men's 49er
Tom Walsh - Men's Shot Put
Meech/Maloney - Women's 49er FX

20 August
New Zealand - Women's Hockey
Eliza McCartney - Women's Pole Vault

21 August
Lydia Ko - Women's Golf
Andrea Hewitt - Women's Triathlon
Nick Willis - Men's 1500m

Missing anyone?

This list is a bit more comprehensive..

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Post by tryasta on Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:21 pm

13 August
Lauren Boyle - Women's 800m Freestyle

I guess here is where I remember I am a spaniard and I say Go Mireia Belmonte!!!

Terrorism, zika, poor organization, despicable facilities....
I think we have all the ingredients to make it the shittiest olympic games ever. Good luck to them

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Post by Bren on Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:42 pm

I agree, I'm not hopeful for a particularly great games. Hopefully the athletes can rise above it and provide us with some moments.

i absolutely adored the Olympics as a kid but it's lost a lot of it's shine in recent years.

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Post by ivelostmysparky on Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:51 am

The Olympics and football WCs have really gone downhill since I was a wee nipper.
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Post by Pantherus on Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:38 am

There was definitely a different air about it all in the 80s and 90s.

China had all the pollution and human rights issues and Rio has got pollution, crime, zika, and of course Russia.

That being said - I think London did a damn good job 4 years ago
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Post by Bren on Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:08 pm

Interesting Article - http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/best-worst-olympic-sports-survey-ranked/

100m the people's favourite event. Team Equestrian Dressage the least favourite.

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Post by gimping on Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:40 pm

I think time is a major contributor to that list. The longer it takes to complete the lower they score. Golf, team equestrian, the walking all take a while.

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Post by gimping on Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:41 pm

100 meters is over in 10 seconds. The exception being beach volleyball but I don't mind them taking their time

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Post by Pantherus on Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:44 am

and also how much of an adrenaline buzz it produces.
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Post by razorbladeYfronts on Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:28 am

Try paying for airline tickets to Brazil during European holiday time and having to renew family passports over there. Everything is over a month behind (without bribes). Mad

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Post by Bren on Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:29 pm

I think Eliza McCartney's Bronze is my favorite of the games. Partly because I actually got to watch it live and partly because of quotes like this:

"The bronze medal is one of the best ones because you just snuck in there and you're stoked"

She's 5 years younger than anyone else in that final. Hoping for some golden moments in the future from her.

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Post by Pantherus on Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:24 am

All the "surprise" medals were so great.  You compare her elation at getting Bronze (as well as the likes of Rooney and Jones with their Silvers) to the Women's 7s team's disappointment.  Sure, expectation comes into it, but it really does change the dynamics.

Reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld's comment about the Silver medal being the worst one though:
I have a problem with that silver medal. Because when you think about it,you win the gold - you feel good, you win the bronze - you think, "Well, at least I got something". But when you win that silver it's like, "Congratulations, you *almost* won. Of all the losers *you* came in first of that group. You're the number one *loser*. No one lost ahead of you!"
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